"I Gerald Ford am the 38th Puppet of the United States." Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas, 1970s


He is called by them the "Norman Rockwell of the ghetto" Interesting. I think of Rockwell as depicting the Horatio Alger idyllic within the band that is narrow of fables captured on handmade cards. ...



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  • They call him the "Norman Rockwell of the ghetto"
  • Interesting. I think of Rockwell as depicting the Horatio Alger idyllic within the narrow band of American myths captured on greeting cards. Douglas, just in this piece, seems like Rockwell upside down, the yang to Rockwell's yin. It's super cool!
  • Rockwell was a New Deal progressive- his work could be disturbing as well as inspiring.
  • Never knew about Rockwell's political inclinations.
  • care to share some examples?
  • http://www.americainwwii.com/images/fourfreedomswant.jpg
  • how is turkey disturbing?
  • Here's a more politically inclined piece from 1964, The Problem We All Live With , depicting Ruby Bridges aka one of the first children to integrate the New Orleans school district.
  • I remember that one now, but I consider that also inspirational. got any others? I've got a bit of a justice hardon right now.
  • Wouldn't call it inspirational, but one of Rockwell's most brutal works is Southern Justice (Murder in Mississippi) , which depicts the 1964 murder of three civil rights activists by the KKK.
  • I thought you meant an example of his progressivism; this poster is probably more disturbing if you imagine it as a scene out of The Stepford Wives or Edward Scissorhands or the epilogue to Pocahontas .
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